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Train stop on 7 and 8 February in France against pension reform

Paris, 24 January. French railway company SNCF’s CGT and Sud rail unions announced on Tuesday their intention to organize train stoppages on February 7 and 8 against pension reform, adding to a January 31 unitary day of strikes and demonstrations across all sectors. ,

The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the first central of the National Railway Society (SNCF), and Sud Rail, which together bring together more than 50% of the company’s union representation, propose calling general assemblies at the end of Huh. 31 days to propose extendable strikes in February if the government does not withdraw its reform proposal.

Their idea, as explained in an interview with the BFMTV channel by Sud Rail representative Fabien Villedieu, is to organize two consecutive days of train strikes on 7 and 8 February, with the intention of pulling other sectors along.

These dates coincide with strike calls by other sections of the CGT in the energy and oil sectors and also fit with the school holidays in France, which will vary by region from 4 February to 5 March.

Two other large trade union centres, the French Democratic Confederation of Workers (CFDT) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA) do not want to join these calls for a strike in February, at least not for the time being, because they want to To focus on the day of Jan.

Mass mobilization took place on the 19th, the first day of unitary strikes and demonstrations, as between one and two million people took to the streets to protest Emmanuel Macron’s government’s pension reform project, which specifically calls for minimal delays. Retirement age 62 to 64 years.

Prior to the call for 7 and 8 December, the Minister for Transport, Clément Buen, predicted that 31 January was “going to be a difficult day for those who have to travel” and, given the possibility of new stoppages during School holidays are called “responsibility” and “honor”.

Speaking to France Info radio station, Beaune recalled that train users had already suffered because of the strike during the last Christmas holidays.

Other sectors that may be affected by strikes during the February holidays are ski resorts, as the CGT and Fuerza Obrera (FO) unions have launched an indefinite call until January 31.

In this case, it is not only about protesting against pension reform, but also against unemployment insurance reform which greatly affects ski resort workers with temporary contracts.

All French unions are opposed to pension reform and in particular to delaying the minimum retirement age, an idea that, according to last week’s polls, is also opposed by nearly two-thirds of the French population.

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